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Old 06-05-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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Need help installing rear wireless Camera

I have a wireless Backup Monitor and Camera that I want to install in a 1998 Georgetown Motorhome 340.

The Monitor and Camera both need a seperate power supply. The Monitor being up front is easy to do. However, the camera needs to be install outside at the Top/Rear. I would need to drill a 1/2" hole to feed the wires, but I have no ideal where to get a +pos / -neg feed since the insde is all closed up. There is an outlet and overhead light in the closet, should I tap into the closet light.

Heres a Picture of the camera wire lead:



It was suggested to use the trailer lights. Would that mean that the camera would only work when the lights were on.

If I tie in before the closet, would that mean that the camera would be on all the time???????

Any suggestions on how I can get power to this camera w/o having wires show from the outside.

Thank you!
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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I had one just like that on a 5er I use to own. I hooked it into the running lights on the camper. Anytime you need the camera just turn on the running lights.
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I was also thinking of tapping into a running light, but on my Motorhome I noticed when I pulled the front TV out that the front running light are Siliconed in the back as well as the front.

Therefore the back is a different story, there is no way I can access the Running lights from inside.

So how did you find the wires behind the Trailer light?
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I was going to replace the camera on our 2004 Georgetown with wireless but learned in the process that there are a lot of other devices that can interpt the signal. I ended up replacing the camera and monitor using the existing wiring. That sais, it does not sound like you have a system now.

I would run a dedicated wire from a 12v source, properly fused, preferably wired through the ignition.

I would consider placing the camera lower. I do not see why they need to be 12' up there. Lower, say just high enough to see over the toad, would give a much better rear view perspective. It would also reduce the area for fishing the wires.

Our new setuo does not have reverse trigger. It is on whenever the key is on.
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Right, I do not have an existing set up and I did think about a wired unit, but didn't like the ideal of running a cable insde that would be seen or 40' of cable tucked under the chassis frame, that is why I went wireless.

I could try what you suggested, but again I am stuck trying to find an area where I can thread the camera receiver wires to be hidden.

The most logical spot would be to drill a 3/4" hole near the center rear/top trailer light and some how fish for the wires to splice into.

I'm still open to suggeations.
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For the front the camera I had came with a monitor. It had a 12v adaptor plug.
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I installed a wireless camera on my Berkshire. I picked up power off the trailer connector. +12 is at the 1:00 position and GND is at the 7:00 position. The connector is hot only when the key is on. Works Great. I did need to run the transmitter inside the coach for the receiver to see it 40 feet away. Put it in a read cubboard. Are you using your monitor with a GPS system or dedicated monitor?
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Why would the camera have to be on the roof?
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I'm only using 1 camera that will be mounted at the rear for rear viewing.
That is why I thought to use the top rear trailer light wires..

If I tap into the trailer wires, I still need to find how I can snake a wire between the outside and inside walls all the way up to the camera.
Besides, on the trailer wire, I will be using the 4 prong set up for the Tow Dolly.
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Before I start ripping things apart, I like to have a visual game plan on how to do the installation.

The wires on the running light that I want to tap into. Would they have a Pos & Neg wire or would it be just a Pos wire and the negative wire comes down from the frame??????
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